By Akbar Ahmed
First released in 1976, this Routledge Revivals reissue offers an research of the Swat Pathans, the folk of the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan, who belong administratively to Pakistan regardless of being a fiercely autonomous staff, with their very own codes and methods of existence. Akbar S. Ahmed, who is aware the Swat Pathans good via his kinfolk connections, offers a transparent and complicated research in their advanced society. The learn offers an anthropological and significant second look of the ethnography of the Swat Pathans and the writer indicates particular replacement versions of social association.
The publication additionally represents a major contribution to the overall debate within the social sciences among the ‘methodological individualists’ and the ‘methodological holists’, and demanding situations many of the theoretical and methodological premises in anthropology. specifically the writer is necessary of Professor Fredrik Barth’s research of Swat Pathans, for he believes that the ‘Swat versions’ have inadvertently turn into the root for generalized, and sometimes mistaken, knowing of types of Pathan socio-political association within the social sciences.
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